16th International Symposium on School Life and History Museums and Collections – A reflection

I was delighted to be involved with the planning and delivery of this Symposium.  It is the first time it has been held outside Europe.  The program ran from Wed 25th – Sat 28th March on site at Sovereign Hill.  During most of Thursday I was teaching a visiting school group for Day 2 of their 2 day 1850s school immersion experience.

On Thursday afternoon I presented my paper In their shoes: children comparing their experiences to those before themThis paper was a discussion about our costume school program and how, through personally experiencing a recreation of history, are able to develop an appreciation on the context in which historical events occurred.  I suggest that we create disbelief in the children which leads to cognitive dissonance.  To resolve this dissonance and create resonance they need simply to develop the understanding that people believed and behaved differently in the past.

My Prezi is available online here.

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Digital Strategy Masterclass Overview

Intercom 2012 – Digital Strategy Masterclass

As part of the Intercom 2012 conference on Thursday 29th November there was a full day Masterclass on ‘Developing your digital strategy’ run by Jasper Visser (@jaspervisser) of Inspired by Coffee. I was looking forward to this day as an opportunity to look at the bigger picture and gain ideas and knowledge that could be used to develop a comprehensive and well planned digital engagement strategy.

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Twitter at Conferences

Twitter Dynamics at Conferences

Last week I attended the Museums Australia conference in Adelaide.  It was my second time tweeting at a MA conference, and as Regan Forrest suggests, there was a more robust Twitter conversation going on this time.  I also felt more connected to Twitter in this conference than I did last year, and it got me thinking about how the Twitter dynamics of a conference has affected my experience.

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Museums Australia Conference Day 1

Tuesday at the Museums Australia Conference – a summary

The Museums Australia conference is being held this year at the University of Adelaide. The University sits alongside the South Australian Museum, Gallery and Library, so we are well-placed in the cultural hub of Adelaide.

The day began with a very warm Welcome to Country by Aunty Josie and an official opening by the Minister for Arts, John Hill. There was also a welcome from Andrew Sayers of the National Museum, who is also the President of Museums Australia.

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